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The office bearers of the Society are:


Ms. Fiona Kaplan


Head of School: Law; Varsity College

Fiona earned her BA in 1993 (majoring in English and Legal Studies) and her LLB in 1995 from the then-University of Natal in Durban. She completed her LLM from the University of Free State in 2016, her dissertation was entitled: “Stakeholder interests in business rescue: the quest for a sustainable balance.”

Fiona did her Articles of Clerkship in Durban and was admitted as an Attorney in 1998. She worked in London in the field of Investment Management from 1998 to 2004. She began her teaching career in 2005 at the Applied Law department of the Durban University of Technology. She started her career at the IIE Varsity College as a part-time law lecturer in 2006. She began managing the Law programme nationally from 2007, and was promoted to Head of School: Law at Varsity College in 2015. She has presented at both national and International Law conferences in the field of Business Rescue and Insolvency Law and has a keen interest in this area.

Areas of teaching and research include Legal Education and Insolvency Law. Fiona is also currently the Director of the IIE Varsity College Durban North Community Law Clinic.


Prof. Howard Chitimira

Howard Tafara Chitimira is a full professor of law and research professor at the faculty of law of North-West University. He is also an advocate of the High Court of South Africa and a National Research Foundation (NRF) rated legal scholar and holder many NRF grants since 2016 to date. Prof Chitimira holds the degrees: Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Cum Laude (UFH), Master of Laws (LLM) (UFH) and Doctor of Laws (LLD) (NMMU). For his doctorate, he specialized in securities and financial markets law. To date, he has published four books (two non-edited books and two edited books) and over seventy journal articles in securities and financial markets law and related fields. Prof Chitimira is a reviewer and editorial board member of several law journals in South Africa and elsewhere, as well as an external examiner for LLB, LLM and LLD degrees at several universities. He serves on editorial boards of several journals such as the Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal, Namibia Law Journal and Journal of Corporate & Commercial Law & Practice. He has also acted as a guest editor for many journals such as the Interdisciplinary Journal of Economics and Business Law, the Namibia Law Journal, the Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal and the Speculum Juris. He founded the Annual International Corporate and Financial Markets Law Conference which was successfully launched at the North -West University faculty of law in 2021. He was appointed by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAF) on behalf of the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) to serve on an ad hoc ASSAF Consensus Panel to peer review new applications and re-applications of journals for DHET accreditation since 11 October 2019 to date. He has delivered several keynote lectures on securities and financial markets law at various institutions such as Cambridge University, University of Melbourne, University of Manitoba, Oxford University, University of Seville, University of British Columbia, University of Namibia, Zambia Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and many others. He is constantly invited to deliver expert advice and comments on various topical aspects in securities and financial markets law and related fields by various institutions such as the NRF, ASSAF, DHET, Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA) as well as the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) on an ad hoc basis since August 2020 to date. He was elected the Vice President of the Society for Law Teachers of Southern Arica in 2022.


Ms. Glancina Mokone

Glancina graduated with her LL.B (UFS) and LL.M (cum laude, UFS). Currently, she is an LL.D candidate at Nelson Mandela University.

She lectures constitutional law, principles of administrative law and coaches students to take part in the Christof Heyns African Human Rights Moot Court Competition.

She is also a reviewer for a national and international law journals. She has also served as an external moderator for various modules at various institutions. At the Nelson Mandela University, she is part of the Transformation Forum and the Gender Equality Working Group. She also drafted the Nelson Mandela University Gender Equality Policy. Areas of teaching and research are in constitutional law, gender equality, labour law and African human rights law.


Adv. Rene Koraan


René completed her LLB degree at the then University of Potchefstroom (PU vir CHO) in 2002 and completed her LLM in Labour Law in 2004 at the now North-West University. She joined the NPA- National Prosecuting Authority in 2004 and was admitted as an Advocate in the Pretoria High Court in 2006. René joined the North-West University as lecturer in 2009 where she lectures Criminal Law on an undergraduate level and Juvenile Justice on a postgraduate level.

René presented papers at various national and international conferences in the field of Criminal Law, Juvenile Justice and Legal Education. She is currently a Senior Lecturer and since 2018 also appointed as Director Professional Development and Community Engagement of the Faculty of Law at the North-West University.University.

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